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Etosha Cave


Co-founder, Chief Operations Officer, Opus 12

Etosha Cave is a Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Opus 12, a startup recycling CO2 into higher value products for Earth, and someday for Mars.  Opus 12 uses metal catalysts and renewable electricity to convert CO2 into one of 16 new molecules, which include a precursor to plastic and diesel fuel.  Opus 12 is now a team of 14 people and the company has received various grants from NASA, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation for their work.  Opus 12 has also gotten into various top incubators and organizations including the Elemental Excelerator, Breakout Labs, Stanford’s StartX, Echoing Green as well as attracted funding from private investors. Etosha received her PhD from Stanford University where she gained the foundational knowledge for this technology.  In 2015, Etosha was TedX Stanford speaker and the winner of the 2015 Cool Companies Competition at the Fortune Brainstorm E Conference.  Prior to Stanford, she worked in Antarctica at the McMurdo Research Station and hopes to return to the continent someday to stay the winter.  Etosha graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2006 as a member of the first graduating class.